We were two couples looking for a little rest and relaxation and that is just what we found at the Barcelo Colonial. We had originally booked a stay at the Caribe through Apple Vacations but because of the renovations we were upgraded to the Colonial and were not disappointed.
It took a little over an hour to get from the airport to the resort but the ride was fine and the time passed quickly. Check-in was quick except that our rooms weren't ready until 4:00 pm and we arrived at 1:00 pm. So we went to the buffet for lunch and then took a walk through the massive resort. When we finally got our rooms one smelled of cigarettes and the other was musty. It took some persistence but the smoky room was changed and we were told that there were no other rooms available to exchange for the musty one and to check back in a few days. We never did, though. It wasn't worth the trouble to us. The bathrooms were nice, good water temp and pressure and the showers were lovely! Good air conditioning. Housekeeping was good, the rooms were always clean. The grounds are kept well and the whole place was exceptionally clean.
The weather was great the whole week! No rain! A few cloudy periods but we saw a LOT of sun!!!!!!
There didn't seem to be a lot of people staying at this resort while we were there. Maybe it just seemed that way because it is so BIG. It was never a problem finding seating at the buffets or at the pools or the beach. It seemed we had the pool to ourselves a lot of the time. It was tough to find shade on the beach, however, if you continually move your chairs to follow the shade from the trees then you'll be fine. The beach is beautiful but it is a bit rocky in spots so be careful. You can snorkel right off the beach and there is a place to snorkel by the dock to the right where the fish swim right up to you (bring some bread). There is a place to rent jet skis and parasail (which we did) but make sure you get all your time on the jet skis because we paid for half an hour and only got about 20 minutes. They have a lot of activities going on throughout the day so you should never get bored. Get a fake tattoo, paint some ceramics, play billiards and participate in the classes they offer.
The strawberry margaritas were yummy!!!!!!!! The service at the bars is okay. Service at the buffets, not so much. The mariachi grill by the beach is a great place to get some lunch and self-serve ice cream. It doubles as the Mexican a la carte restaurant at night which was not very impressive. The Italian was good and the Thai/Japanese was the best. We recommend the Japanese as they put on quite a production when preparing the meal. My advice, take advantage of the a la carte options as the buffets were less than stellar. This was the one disappointment for me. There wasn't much selection and little variation even though they claim to have 'theme' nights. I wasn't impressed with the quality of the food either. But that's just my opinion........to each their own, right?
The theater offered a show every night at 9:30. The performances were alright, it was entertainment. It does get cool at night so you may want to bring a sweater if you are one to get cold. And beware the mosquitos. They come out early. Also, there are bats flying between the two rooming complexes at this resort so if you're walkig from one to the other........duck!!! lol
There is a shopping plaza right in front of the resort where you can get just about anything. Be sure to see the vendors in the center as they often will have better prices for you.
We went on an excursion, Tulum Xtreme, where you zip-line, rappel down a tower and swim in a cenote (which was FREEZING!!) They give you lunch and then take you to see some ruins. It's a good way to spend a day and the tour guides are good. You also have time to explore and shop on your own. I recommend this tour.
All in all it was a pretty good vacation. Of course there are always little things to complain about but if you go with an open mind you won't be disappointed.
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Maya Colonial Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Colonial
- Barcelo Maya Colonial Beach Resort
- Barcelo Maya Caribe & Beach Resort
- Barcelo Maya Tropical & Colonial Beach
- Barcelo Maya Colonial Riviera Maya, Mexico - Puerto Aventuras